To Horace Mann
of approbation of the measure, which, was carried by 78 to the former 35. Lord Orford was ill, and could not be there, but sent his proxy : he has got a great cold and slow fever, but does not keep his room. If Lord Gower loses the Privy Seal, (as it is taken for granted he does not design to keep it,) and Lord Bath refuses it, Lord Cholmondeley6 stands the fairest for it.
I will conclude abruptly, for you will be tired of my telling you that I have nothing to tell you—but so it is literally—oh! yes, you will want to know what the Duke of Argyll did—he was not there; he is everything but superannuated. Adieu!
108. To HORACE MANN.
Feb. 13, 1743.
CERETESI tells me that Madame Galli is dead : I have had two letters from you this week ; but the last mentions only the death of old Strozzi. I am quite sorry for Madame Galli, because I proposed seeing her again, on my return to Florence, which I have firmly in my intention: I hope it will be a little before Ceretesi's, for he seems to be planted here. I don't conceive who waters him! Here are two noble Venetians that have carried him about lately to Oxford and Blenheim: I am literally waiting for him now, to introduce him to Lady Brown's1 Sunday night; it is the great mart for all travelling and travelled calves—pho ! here he is.
Monday morning.—Here is your brother: he tells me you
6 He succeeded Lord Gower as Privy Seal, Dec. 1743.
LETTER 108.—-1 Mar gar et(d. 1782), daughter of Hon. Robert Cecil, second son of third Earl of Salisbury. Her husband had been Eesident at Venice, and she was a patroness of foreign
singers. She is stated by Burney (Hist, of Music, iv. 671) to have been ' one of the first persons of fashion who had the courage at the risk of her windows to have concerts on a Sunday evening.'